San Diego Convention Center Finds Money to Upgrade Sails Pavilion

The sails will be coming down for the first time in 26 years as the San Diego Convention Center has found the financial assistance it needs to make its distinctive Sails Pavilion seaworthy again.

Mandalay Bay Convention Center Expansion Complete

Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay finished the multiyear expansion of its mammoth convention center this month with the opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom, the finishing touch on the facility’s $70 million upgrade.

Houston’s Convention Upgrades Put Exhibition Attendees First

The Houston convention industry has captured the essence of a conventioneer’s dream environment. Exhibitors and attendees are met with luxurious settings and exciting events, all found within—or within steps of—the George R. Brown Convention Center. In fact, ongoing renovations to

Javits Center OK’d for Fivefold Expansion

New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center will be getting a $1 billion shot in the arm. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to significantly expand the convention center as part of his 2016 agenda.

CES Steps Up Security for 2016

Upon entering the Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees at this year’s CES (Jan. 6–9) might have thought they had somehow stumbled into an airport TSA screening line instead. In the wake of worldwide terrorist attacks and shootings, tight new security

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It is Training That Sets Chicago Regional Council Carpenters Apart from the Competition

With the economic recession thankfully becoming more of a distant memory and as the Chicagoland construction market has picked up steam, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (CRCC) has been one step ahead in preparation for current and projected growth.

The Willwork Difference

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I&D and Event Labor Series Conclusion

Joe Toback, president of Local 510, is a world traveler and likens the transient nature of trade show work to the Tibetan artistic tradition of dul-tson-kyil-khor, or “mandala of colored powders,” in which millions of grains of sand are painstakingly

The Practice of Engagement

THE PRACTICE OF ENAGAGEMENT IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS – AND THE KEY TO MORE PRODUCTIVITY AND MORE PROFITABILITY

Re-examining the drayage model

The word “drayage” is defined as transporting goods a short distance via ground freight or the charge for such a transport.

Environmental concerns & the rising cost of resources

Trade shows are reputed to be the second biggest source of commercial waste in the United States.1  The wastefulness of the trade show industry and its harm to the environment is nothing new, but the talk that we should do

Tech companies as trade show organizers

Tech trade shows often spin off from one another to create their own show.

Increased need for audiovisual technology

From hottest new gadgets on the show floor at CES, to the exhibitor whose budget is too tight for a luxury like audiovisual technology, the spectrum for technical services at trade shows is huge.

Private corporate events off the trade show floor

“Shows are growing with the economy, which remains the core of the industry for I&D,” said Rick Bellerjeau, General Manager at Momentum Management.

Positive trends for trade shows

  Statistics from the 2015 CEIR Index Overview of Economy and Exhibition Industry show a positive outlook for the trade show industry.

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Miller Edge Wins Best of Show Award at AFA

Miller Edge, a manufacturer of sensing, control and accessory solutions for a variety of industries including doors, gates, industrial automation, manufacturing and transit, won “Best of Show – Inline Booth 2016” at the 2016 American Fence Association (AFA) FenceTech show

San Diego Convention Center Finds Money to Upgrade Sails Pavilion

The sails will be coming down for the first time in 26 years as the San Diego Convention Center has found the financial assistance it needs to make its distinctive Sails Pavilion seaworthy again.

New Leaders, Goals for IAEE Public Events Council

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has new leadership and lofty goals for its 2016 Public Events Council board of directors. The Council’s goals for the year include developing a resource guide for public event producers, expanding and

Philly Auto Show Previews New eKEY Technology

The Philadelphia Auto Show returns for its 115th event, Jan. 30-Feb. 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. As one of the largest shows in the country, the Philadelphia Auto Show attracts nearly 250,000 loyal visitors with displays of more than

Freeman to Service Exiting Metro Expo Clients

Freeman, one of the largest general contractors in the tradeshow and events industry, reached a deal to purchase contracts from New Jersey–based Metropolitan Exposition Services as they exit their event services business. The purchase, which was previously reported in Exhibit

Mandalay Bay Convention Center Expansion Complete

Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay finished the multiyear expansion of its mammoth convention center this month with the opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom, the finishing touch on the facility’s $70 million upgrade.

Melbourne Prepares for 2016 AIME Exhibition

Melbourne, Australia, is preparing for the annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME), Feb. 23-24, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AIME is the largest exhibition for the business travel, incentive, convention and meetings industries, and showcases products and

IAEE Seeks Nominees for International Excellence and Woman of Achievement Awards

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is calling for nominations for the 2016 International Excellence Award and Woman of Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15. “The International Excellence Award and the Woman of Achievement Award

Freeman Reportedly Acquires Metropolitan Exposition

Freeman, one of the largest general contractors in the tradeshow and events industry, has reportedly reached a deal to purchase New Jersey–based Metropolitan Exposition, which also has offices in Las Vegas and Toronto. Metro Expo provides a wide variety of

CEIR Census Reveals Growth in Exhibitions

The 2015 CEIR Exhibition Industry Census reveals a 3.5 percent increase in the number of business-to-business and business-to-consumer exhibitions held over the last five years within the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The increase accounts for more than 107 million attendees,

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5 Budget Busting Habits Exhibitors Should Avoid

It is an unfortunate fact that tradeshows are places of extreme excess. Multiple resources, hundreds of man hours and millions of dollars are wasted on show floors across the country every day. You are paying for plenty of it. Maybe

Finding the Right Hire Is Only the First Step

I read a recent article by Philip Kemper of Kemper Associates, a successful search firm located here in Chicago. In the article, Philip gave some tremendous insight into his interview style and technique, designed to help any business choose the

Interviewing Style Can Be a Deal Breaker

We all admire people who have life goals—a vision of their career objective, and the ability to stay firm on that target, allowing no distraction. If these are the types of candidates you want to hire for your team, I

The Mother of Invention

Who is more innovative, a better problem solver or kinder to the environment than Mother Nature herself? When it comes to designing products and formulating policies for industry applications, there is no better teacher. Biomimetics, or biomimicry, is a term

Airline Pilots and Tradeshow Junkies

A friend sent me an article from Aviation Week last month and the title caught my interest. After reading it, I started thinking about it in terms of our industry. Here is the introduction: “Making timely and correct decisions is

Life Changes and True Friends

They say that some of the most stressful events in life are things like changing jobs, buying or selling a home, moving to a different city and getting married. 

Green Jewel of the Crown City

The Hotel Del Coronado is not your average event destination.

Show Your True Colors: Display Green

In a world where concerns about global climate change are reaching crisis proportions, being named by the EPA as the number two producer of waste behind construction is a little like being named public enemy number one. Okay, public enemy

Are You A Phubber?

I see them everywhere.

Candidates’ References are Important: Here Are Five Ways To Check Them Out Properly

Many people consider the whole system of reference checking highly suspect.

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Melbourne Prepares for 2016 AIME Exhibition

Melbourne, Australia, is preparing for the annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meeting Expo (AIME), Feb. 23-24, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. AIME is the largest exhibition for the business travel, incentive, convention and meetings industries, and showcases products and

Javits Center OK’d for Fivefold Expansion

New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center will be getting a $1 billion shot in the arm. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to significantly expand the convention center as part of his 2016 agenda.

CES Steps Up Security for 2016

Upon entering the Las Vegas Convention Center, attendees at this year’s CES (Jan. 6–9) might have thought they had somehow stumbled into an airport TSA screening line instead. In the wake of worldwide terrorist attacks and shootings, tight new security

IAEE’s Expo! Expo! Grows, Focuses

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ annual Expo! Expo! hit Baltimore Dec. 1–3, and all signs point to another rousing success. With more than 2,300 attendees, 60 new products and 269 exhibitors from 26 different countries—the show’s largest international

Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre goes green

The newly built Exhibition Centre Liverpool recently finished installation of 925 solar panels on its roof, panels that will allow the facility to generate its own renewable energy for the next 20 years.

Aria doubles down on Las Vegas convention space

The Aria Resort & Casino is growing—to meet the needs of exhibitors and conventioneers, that is. The upscale hotel in Las Vegas’ City Center recently announced plans to nearly double its convention center by February 2018. The expansion will include

Edlen Celebrates 40 Years

In 1975, Lenny Swimmer said, “Let there be light.” He may not have phrased it exactly like that, but his intent was clear. That was the year that Swimmer and Eddy Cimino launched Edlen, the nation’s leading independent temporary utility

ESCA and St. Louis CVC to celebrate ‘Labor Day’ in November

How do you create a world-class destination for meetings and conventions?

ibtm world answers next gen meeting planner demands

ibtm world, from Nov. 17-19, will end the year showing the international meetings industry the future through ibtm knowledge sessions and cutting edge technology suppliers.

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor organizes annual charity drive

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, providers of venue management to the St. Charles Convention Center, are now accepting donations for distribution at their Helping Hands for the Holidays charity.

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MG Announces New VP of Operations

MG announced the promotion of Kelli Steckbauer to vice president of operations. In her new position, Steckbauer will oversee all aspects of exhibit production and logistics, as well as continuing to manage MG’s account service and global account teams. Steckbauer

Sho-Link Names Employee of the Year, Outstanding Employee Service Award

I&D service provider Sho-Link named its Employee of the Year in January. The award went to Jesse Reyna, the company’s city manager in San Antonio.

New Biz Dev Director at McRae Imaging

Wayne Laube has joined McRae Imaging as director of business development for McRae Retail. Laube comes to McRae after 17 years with Octanorm USA.

New Account Coordinating Team Member at Momentum

Momentum Management added Sonya Edwards to its growing account coordinating team. Edwards has a background in customer relations and account management.

Comexposium Appoints Regional Managing Director for Asia Pacific

Paul Lee joined the Comexposium Group in January 2016 to accelerate the company’s growth plans and activities in Asia-Pacific.

Access Welcomes New West Coast Manager

Aimee Donovan has joined Access TCA’s West Coast team as manager, client services. Aimee’s background in face-to-face marketing spans almost two decades and includes everything from Silicon Valley product launches and the Salt Lake City Olympics to event logistics and

MCCA Names New Deputy Director and General Counsel

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) newly minted executive director David Gibbons made two key senior executive decisions by naming Fred Peterson as the new deputy director and Dennis Callahan as the general counsel for the organization. Peterson served as

LMG Taps New Business Development Manager

LMG announced the hiring of Kaci Whisenhunt as business development manager based in its Dallas office. Whisenhunt’s role will include building relationships with new clients to help meet company revenue goals, as well as strengthen LMG’s exposure in local and

San Diego CC Corp Names New Board Members

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation announced its 2016 Board of Director’s Officers in January. Rabbi Laurie Coskey has been elected to chair; Candace M. Carroll will serve as vice chair and Gil Cabrera will serve as the board’s secretary.

New Ownership at Nimlok Gulf Coast

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit and Display Group, is proud to announce that Brian Aikman, owner of Nimlok Cincinnati since 2006, has taken over ownership of Nimlok Gulf Coast effective January 1, 2016.

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